A Crowded Field For N.H. Primary
The deadline bell for candidates to file in the New Hampshire presidential primary rang today at the secretary of state's office in Concord, making official once and for all the absence of notable would-be candidate like Al Gore and Newt Gingrich. But who needs a Nobel Peace Prize winner or former Speaker of the House when you've got 44 candidates to choose from that include not only Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani but also:
1. "Sal" Mohammed, an Egyptian-born pharmaceutical engineer who has run for governor and Congress in Iowa and is now running for the Democratic nomination despite the prohibition against naturalized citizens becoming president. His campaign theme, according to his campaign Web site: "Human Decency Will Prevail." His political influences: "We missed the train of Henry Wallace in the 50's and the train of President Kennedy in the 60's, we waited 40 years for the train of Sal Mohamed to arrive carrying the banners of these both great American leaders. Please come aboard this train and make History. We can't afford to wait another 40 years. "
2. Albert Howard, a Michigan father of eight, who proposes to "return America's gold to Fort Knox and have it audited," "make it illegal to implant RFID chips in human beings" and "educate juries to the fact that they are not obligated to follow the instructions of a judge." These might not seem like a winning platform, but Howard would have you know, according to his website, that "The Angel of the Lord told me in January of 1992 that Hillary Rodham Clinton and I would meet and be running against each other and that she would lose."
3. The Massachusetts street performer Vermin Supreme (specialties include balloon animals and bar mitzvahs.)
4. Perennial candidate Caroline Killeen, aka The Hemp Lady, a superannuated but still vigorous former nun who has been running on marijuana legalization and environmental issues since 1976. She gives her contact address as the Peace Hostel on Via Valecchie in Assisi, Italy.
5. O. Savior (no information available beyond a Minneapolis post office box. A possible wildcard given that this year's primary will be occurring so close to Christmas.)
The listing of candidates also poses a potential problem for longshot GOP candidate Rep. Duncan Hunter of California: someone set on voting for Hunter might just be confused into instead voting for Democratic candidate D.R. Hunter, a Texan who wants you to know that "my mother wanted to name me Kyle and my earthly father (dad) after Darrel K. Royal, (the UT football coach). My middle name ended up as my dad's nickname." Also, that "my first cousin on my dad's side is a Texas Ranger (law enforcement). My uncle, (his dad), was a longtime U.S. Border Patrol agent. A couple first cousins on my mother's side are M.D.'s (doctors), another couple are artists (paint, music). Some first cousins I have not seen in 20 years but that does not mean that they are forgotten, (twelve first cousins). My oldest sister taught Spanish at a private school and now homeschools."
Washington Post editors
November 2, 2007; 6:26 PM ET
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